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a partnership, but jon karl is in washington, and the speaker fired off a letter just before we came on the air tonight.t. >> reporter: that's right. the speaker and the president were on the veshlg of a histori deal that would have cult spending by $3.5 trillion, dealt with the debt crisis and raised the debt ceiling. now, the speaker fired off this letter, saying the deal, the talks are over. he says it has become evident that the white house is simply not serious about ending the spending binge. in the end, the speaker writes, we could not connect. i'm told this broke down over a disagreement over how much to raise tax revenues. >> and jon, the president said he was going to fire back, too, here's what the president just said, we'll get your reaction here. >> we have run out of time and they are going to have to explain to me how it is that we are going to avoid default. and they can come up with any plans that they want and bring them up here and we will work on them. the only bottom line that i have is that we have to extend this debt ceiling through the next election. >> jon, you can almo
. will this break the log jam though? let's bring in abc's jon karl for the latest. >> reporter: the house just approved john boehner's bill to raise the debt ceiling. it was a narrow party line vote. he won only after giving into the demands of a handful of conservatives who forced him to make changes that assured the bill's defeat in the senate for speaker boehner, a painful victory. >> i stuck my neck out a mile to try to get an agreement with the president of the united states. i stuck my neck out a mile. a lot of people can never say yes. this house has acted. it is time for the administration and time for our colleague colleagues across the aisle, put something on the table. tell us where you are. >> reporter: he never got that agreement with the president and instead had to put pressure on tea partiers to support his bill. hours of meetings all over the capitol to tell them to get your ass in line. late last night, one of them emerged shaken but not budging. >> how much pressure on you to change your mind on that? >> i am very pleasantly surprised that they are not twisting and ripping a
, jon karl and jake tapper in washington and all three told me they have never seen anything like this before. >> reporter: with just about a week to go, none of the leaders, none of them, not the president, not the speaker of the house, not the democratic leader of the senate, know how this is going to turn out. right now, there are no votes to pass anything. >> so, you are saying that the white house has no idea -- >> >> reporter: how this is going to play out? absolutely not. >> they have a plan? >> reporter: nonon at all. i have never seen a situation like this in 20 years in this town where nobody knows how it's going to end. >> republicans get to have their fight next year, right, in any case. we have fight about taxes in this country during an election year. why make the debt ceiling an issue? why make it about the debt ceiling as opposed to the fact that we're going to elect a president? >> reporter: because it's working for them right now. >> reporter: and diane, the question is, you got to force congress to do this. the republicans want to force congress to, and the pres
party republicans who have been blocking action. will it work? abc's jon karl on capitol hill tonight. >> reporter: diane, this is john boehner's biggest test as speaker of the house. he's got to convince those tea party republicans to support his plan to raise the debt ceiling. john boehner is cracking the whip. he convened a meeting of all 240 house republicans today. sources who were there tell abc he had a blunt message for tea partiers. get your ass in line, he said. i can't do this job unless you are behind me. that's what gets you in line? >> we are a team. we are about trying to move the country toward. >> reporter: some of john boehner's tea partiers don't believe the warnings. >> armageddon midnight, august 3 is simply not the case. it's not true. >> reporter: kevin mccarthy urged republicans to unite behind boehner's plan by showing this clip from the movie "the town." >> i need your help. i can't tell you what it is, you can never ask me about it now and we're going to hurt some people. >> whose car are we going to take? >> reporter: allen west liked what he heard. >> so,
and jon kyl. two people around the negotiating table. in the meantime, also the report about wanting to go back to the grabbed bargain. speaker boehner said he wants to do that. the president said he wants to do that. the question is whether they can get elements on boararto pass such a thing. that, also is something that is being required right now by the ratings agency. moodys. standards & poors. said they must have some credible deficit reduction plan, 4 trillion or so over the next 10 years because of the way they are looking at the u.s. dollar and threatening to downgrade u.s. credit worthiness, and add to the catastrophic woes a default can bring. >> if we do not have a plan by this friday we will not meet the august 2nd deadline. all right. cristiane, a lot of tension there in washington. be sure to join christiane where she sits down with office of management and budget, jacob lew and senate minority whip, jon kyl on "this week." >> now, filling in for ron claiborne once again is abc's andrea canning. >> good morning, happy to be here.. we begin with new problems for rupert murdoch
race than he was a few weeks ago. jon, we were talking earlier on the surface it seems like a few points shift but given the backdrop of this economy and unemployment it's pretty dramatic. >> and the factor seems to be the debt ceiling standoff. take a look at the numbers against mitt romney, the president last opened up a lead, a pretty significant lead you see there of 51% to 44%. the lead is even more dramatic against other other candidate. look where he was a month ago, mitt romney was tied with president obama. the big factor here, in fact, the only factor that has really changed is that independent voters have moved away from the republicans and towards the president. >> so independent voters watching the debt showdown and weighing in. >> reporter:s that sea exactly right and don't like the way the republicans have been handling it. >> speaking of the republicans you take a look at how they're stacking up with the race. a familiar name starting to inch up. >> romney is still the front-runner if you look at the republican field. but look who is number two, not even a candidat
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